17 days till Christmas!
Ok, I know these are definitely not cookies, but I just had to share them anyways.
This post is near and dear to my heart because my brother helped me create and photograph these donuts. Yes, my brother— the one who gives me a look anytime I mention anything having to do with the words vegan, healthy, gluten-free… you catch my drift. He is a carnivore through and through and believes the more butter, the better!
So you can tell why I was shocked when I asked him if he wanted to help me create a post for my blog and he said yes. Maybe it was because I mentioned the word donuts…
Little did he know, they would be gluten-free, almost vegan, maybe even healthy donuts! Actually, the donut itself is made with very healthy ingredients. The whole donut recipe only has 1/4 cup of maple syrup. That’s the only sugar in the whole thing (except for the chocolate drizzle, but that doesn’t count, right?)! The naked donuts are definitely healthy enough that you could eat them for breakfast. But I think you need at least the chocolate drizzle, and while we’re at it, throw some toppings on there!
These donuts are baked, so they obviously are a bit different from a normal donut you’d buy at a bakery. Instead, they have more of a cake-like texture— light and moist, but hearty at the same time (thanks to the oats). Even a day after they were made, they were still super soft and delicate to the touch!
Now onto the best part… the chocolate peanut butter drizzle. Oh. my. goodness. Mixing dark chocolate and peanut butter together and drizzling it over a donut may have been the best idea I’ve had all week. It’s rich and creamy, and adds that extra bit of sweetness to these donuts that throw them into the dessert category in my book. I topped mine with some holiday sprinkles and shredded coconut, both of which turned out beautifully. You could also experiment with some chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips, or even a peanut butter drizzle to contrast the dark chocolate colors. I think I just convinced myself to try them again!
You guys would be so amazed to see my brother and I photographing these together. He had so many great ideas on how to plate the donuts, what angles to get my shots at, and even some different props to use. He was almost getting more excited than me! I think I found a new blogging assistant! I was so impressed with how these photos came out, and I think it’s thanks to you, Matty 🙂
Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle
Gluten Free, Vegan
- 1 cup oats, finely ground
- ¼ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup soy milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 egg (or one flax egg)
- toppings: coconut flakes, chopped peanuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, etc
for the drizzle
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 heaping tablespoon natural peanut butter
Make sure your donuts are cooled completely before you try to take them out of the pan. Because they are more of a cake-like consistency, then need to cool just like a cake does before removed. I made the mistake of trying to take one donut out while they were still warm and it became 4 mini donuts! Still delicious, but definitely not as pretty
|Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your donut pan with nonstick cooking spray (I use coconut oil spray). |
|In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients: ground oats, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, add in the wet ingredients: milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, coconut oil, and egg. Mix the wet ingredients together, then pour into the dry ingredients. Mix all the ingredient together. The batter won’t be too thick. It should be very easy to pour or stir with a spoon. |
|Pour the batter into your greased donut pan, making sure that each donut is only filled about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the donuts cool in the pan COMPLETELY before removing. (see note below) |
|In the meantime, let’s make the chocolate peanut butter drizzle! Melt ¼ cup dark chocolate chips using a double boiler or in the microwave. I, personally, use the microwave because it’s super fast. I microwave it for 30 seconds at a time, then stir it, and repeat until the chocolate is completely melted. Make sure to watch the chocolate closely so it doesn’t burn! Last, stir the peanut butter into the melted chocolate until they are completely combined. |
|Once the donuts are cool, run a knife around the edge of each donuts to help it pop out easier. Place the donuts on parchment paper, then drizzle with the melted dark chocolate. Top each donut with your favorite toppings. I used holiday sprinkles and coconut flakes, but feel free to try your favorite donut toppings! |